A year of photoblogging

29 December, 2011



Winter photography from my home town. More winter photos from this year: 1. 2. 3. 

I started blogging last December, without being exactly sure about what my blog should include. I was sure about one thing: I wanted to share my progress in photography and painting with people "out there". It turned out to be a lot harder then I imagined, since I didn't have a clue about how to to get in touch with people who would be interested in seeing my photos or reading what I had to say.


Spring photography from Bergen: 1. 2. 3. 4. 

Spring in Bergen is not an easy environment for finding beautiful motives. It's mostly rainy, cloudy and dark. Through the year I've had a Panasonic LX-3 camera with me everywhere. It's such a light and easy camera. I started doing analog photography, and using my old Canon EOS3000. In late spring I acquired a Panasonic Lumix GF-2, plus two lenses.
























More photos from Marbella, Alhambra, Valencia: 1. 2 and Rome: 1. 2. 

Traveling to Marbella, Alhambra, Valencia and Rome this year, gave me a lot of photographic opportunities, and the itch for travelling. During the summer I also got an obsession about my Mom's garden and I took tons of photos there. In the meantime my blog shifted toward becoming more of a diary. I really felt that I had a lot more to say than only what my photos said. I was lucky to find some great bloggers and to meet you guys and become inspired by all your great creative work! My creative progress wouldn't have been the same without so much kind support from each and everyone of you.


I had my analog shots developed in October, and although I was a little disappointed with the quality of the  Lomography films, some of the shots turned out to be beautiful. You will definitely see more analog photos on this blog next year.

I have so many photographic adventures to look forward to for the new year. I will definitely travel more, I will do this course. I'm not sure what to start with, but I think doing the course would be a good idea. Portrait photography is definitely a challenge for me, so this will be my priority for the new year as well.

Have you got any creative plans for the new year? Any new projects or hobbies that you want to start doing?


Merry Christmas, everyone!

25 December, 2011


Finally I can spend time with my family, take long walks, watch costume dramas and eat honey bread cake. It's so good to be finally able to relax.

Have a peaceful and merry Christmas!

Cold Mountains

20 December, 2011


I can tell you that although I have goosebumps all over my face, it is actually not that cold. My friend came for a visit to my home town on Sunday. We are doing long walks every day now to fix our guilty conscience for eating marzipan all day and falling asleep in front of the fireplace.

Just recently, I've started to appreciate photos of myself. I've been telling myself that I'm not photogenic enough to be photographed, but at the same time regretting that I don't have any photos to look at when I'm old some day. So here I am - makeup-less on a rather good hair day. This is the first real photo of me on this blog.

A good ol' Christmas Mixtape

16 December, 2011


I'm finished with exams and back in my home town, in my Mama's house. It smells juniper berry, ginger bread and other delicious baked goods. S is coming home for the holidays soon, and one of my closest friends from college is coming to town tomorrow for a visit. There is so much to look forward to! (I made a little Christmas mix tape here that I've been listening to while preparing for the holidays.)

What have you been up to this week? How are you preparing for the holidays? Any crafting going on? 
  

Tender White Snow

09 December, 2011

This little town of ours turned into Winter Wonderland over night. A friend of mine does research for her master thesis in Northeast Africa. She has requested snow for over a month. Well, Ingvild: I hope can give you a taste of what it will be like to come home!

There is always something special with the first snow, and the silence that comes with it. It seems as though the world falls into this sudden lethargy. I feel quite peaceful at mind too, although I should be focused on my last exam. Just another five days and I will dive into housecleaning,  cake-baking and lots of other fun holiday activities!

Anyone out there waiting impatiently for snow?

Painting

07 December, 2011


I have this friend which also happens to be a musician. She told me that she practiced the guitar for years, but she didn't really learn it until she learned the most difficult song she knew: "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell.

I feel the same about my Klimt inspired self-portrait. It is still work in progress, but it's a painting where I've proven to myself that anything is possible, even without tutoring. After so many months with painting in self-doubt, I feel truly relieved.

Even though the face is a little more round and pale, it clearly resembles me. It feels incredible to have actually painted a realistic painting. But on the other hand it's not. After all, I've worked with this consistently, and when other painters progress, why shouldn't I?

Snowy Scenery

02 December, 2011


When S and I did this cabin trip some years ago, it struck me how much hard work it actually was to live in one of these. With no water or electricity installed, we had to constantly go for water in the well and heat it. The cooking on a wood-burning stove wasn't easy either. Neither was doing the dishes. 

It used to be so much fun to spend time at my friends' cabin when I was younger. Although I'm not particularly fond of cross country skiing, the warm atmosphere of the cabins and the spellbinding scenery outside made the mandatory skiing worthwhile.

I might regret saying this in February, but right now I'm longing after snow...
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